Wellington, FL – December 21, 2006 – Despite the current EHV outbreak in South Florida, work continues in preparation for the 2007 Winter Equestrian Festival scheduled to begin on January 24, 2007, at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida. This year’s festival, the nation’s longest and consecutively running equestrian sporting event, celebrates its 35th year in Florida, and will offer more than $4 million dollars in prize money.
“We’re obviously very aware of the on-going EHV situation in Wellington. Everyone that works for Stadium Jumping is very concerned about the health and welfare of our equine population, and we are working closely with the team of local veterinarians, the State Department of Agriculture, and all of the professionals that are dealing with this issue. We monitor their efforts on an hour by hour basis,” said Eugene R. Mische, President of Stadium Jumping, Inc. “We’re also very confident that this crisis will be over soon, and with that in mind, we’re preparing for the 2007 show season to begin as scheduled.”
Finishing touches are being put on the show grounds, the installation of the temporary stabling and tents is almost complete, and the horse show office is open for business on a daily basis. The newly constructed FEI area for show jumpers is nearing completion, including a brand new RISO ring, exclusively for the use of those horses.
Exhibitors planning to compete at this year’s Winter Equestrian Festival should closely monitor the situation as well.
“We are not telling you to come down here now,” said Mische. “What we are saying is that as soon as the all clear is given by the local authorities, and this emergency has been contained, we will be ready for you. We’re looking forward to a great 2007 show season.”
For more information, please call the Stadium Jumping offices at: 561-793-JUMP.
2007 Winter Equestrian Festival Fast Facts
EVENT: Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, Florida
WHAT: Eight-week hunter/jumper and 3-week dressage horse show circuit produced by
Stadium Jumping, Inc. Two additional weeks of competition that are part of WEF are held in Tampa, FL, at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center.
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club,
14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, Florida 33414
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday 2007 Show Dates:
Jan 24-28: WEF/Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Inaugural
Jan 31-Feb 4: Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic, CSI 2*
Feb 7-11: Palm Beach Equine Clinic/Adequan Gold Coast Classic, CSI 3*
Feb 8-11: Cosequin Wellington Dressage
(USEF HP and NAYRC Qualifying Competition)
Feb 14-18: Kilkenny Internationale, CSI 3*
Feb 21-25: Bainbridge Florida Classic & WCHR Spectacular, CSI-W
Feb 22-25: Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
Feb 28-March 4: Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters, CSI-W
March 7-11: CN Wellington Open, CSIO
March 14-18: CN Worldwide Wellington Finale, CSI 5*
March 22-25: Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, CDI-W CDIY
(USEF HP and NAYRC Qualifying Competition)
HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets are available at the gate.
Wednesday: Admission is free. *Children 12 & Under Free Everyday
Thursday and Friday: Adults- $5.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over- $5.00
Saturday: Adults- $10.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over- $5.00
Sunday: Adults- $15.00, Seniors (65)/Children 13 & Over- $5.00
Weekly General Admission Pass- $30.00
Seasonal General Admission Pass- $125.00
VIP SEATING: VIP Tables in The Jockey Club (located at the Internationale Arena) seat six people and include food and beverage service daily. Front Row tables are $25,000 for the season. Second Row tables are $22,500, and Third Row tables are $20,000. VIP tables are available for purchase through Phelps Media Group, Inc. International. Please call Kiki for a table at 561-793-JUMP.
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday
DIRECTIONS: Approaching the show grounds from the Florida Turnpike, take Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over 441. Travel five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator Entrance is first left, on Equestrian Road. Approaching the show grounds from Interstate I-95, take Exit 49. Travel west on Forest Hill Blvd. 11 miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is first left – Equestrian Road.
THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is the home of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup held in the United States. The competition areas include the 400’ x 400’ grass Internationale Arena, which is surrounded by bermed seating, chalets, and VIP areas; plus the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena and Grand Hunter Field, both with all weather footing. Amenities include The Jockey Club VIP area.
PRIZE MONEY: Over $4 Million in total prize money, including:
· Grand Prix and Challenge Series
· 1.50 M-1.30M Jumper Series
· Low, Medium, and High Amateur-Owner Jumper Series
· USEF ‘AA’ Hunter Section Series, featuring the Golden Horse Jewelry Hunter Challenge
· Low and High Junior Jumper Series
· Young Jumper 5, 6, 7/8 Year Old Series
· 18-35, 36-49, and Over 50 Seniors Adult Amateur Jumper Series
· 13 & Under, 14-17 Children’s Jumper Series, featuring the FEI Children’s World Jumping Qualifier CSI-CH
· Pony Jumper Series
· Adult Amateur and Children’s Modified Jumper Series
$200,000 FTI RIDER CHALLENGE: FTI Consulting of Annapolis, MD, is sponsoring the $200,000 FTI Rider Challenge. The FTI Rider Challenge will be held during the 2007 WEF, from January 25 to March 17 at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club in Wellington, FL. The FTI Rider Challenge will be a rider bonus pool for $200,000. Riders will accumulate points from their performances in the WEF Challenge Cups Rounds I-VIII, the CN Jumper Classic, and each Sunday Grand Prix event. The rider with the most points on March 17 will be awarded $100,000. Second place will be given $50,000, third place will receive $30,000, and $20,000 will be given to fourth place.
· Sunday, Jan 28, 2:00 p.m.: $35,000 WEF Inaugural Cup
· Sunday, Feb 4, 2:00 p.m.: $50,000 Nutrena XTN Grand Prix of Palm Beach, presented by Western Hay, CSI 2*
· Saturday, Feb 10, 3:00 p.m.: $15,000 Cosequin Dressage/Show Jumping Spectacular
· Sunday, Feb 11, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Palm Beach Equine/Adequan Wellington Cup, presented by Bluhammock Music, CSI 3*
· Sunday, Feb 18, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Kilkenny Internationale Cup, CSI 3*
· Saturday, Feb 24, 7:00 p.m.: AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm Beach
· Sunday, Feb 25, 2:00 p.m.: $75,000 Bainbridge Idle Dice Classic, presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
· Friday, March 2, 7:00 p.m.: $20,000 Solaray Team Relay
· Sunday, March 4, 2:00 p.m.: $100,000 Zada Enterprises, LLC Masters Cup, CSI-W
· Friday, March 9, 7:00 p.m.: $75,000 Nations Cup CSIO 5* presented by CN
· Sunday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.: $150,000 CN U.S. Open Jumper Championship, presented by Cosequin, CSIO 5*
· Thursday, March 15, 2:00 p.m.: €25,000 Chesapeake Petroleum Benefit Cup for a Just World, CSI 5*
· Saturday, March 17, 2:00 p.m.: €300,000 CN Worldwide Florida Open, CSI 5*
FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor courtyard and at vendors around the Internationale Arena, and are open during show hours.
SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the Internationale Arena both offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry, and home furnishings.
ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Winter Equestrian Festival, produced by Eugene R. Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., is the largest and longest consecutively running sporting event in the world. It is also the largest equestrian event and major contributor to Palm Beach County’s $553+ million equestrian industry. (Courtesy of Palm Beach County Equestrian Commission, Inc.)
PALM BEACH POLO EQUESTRIAN CLUB: 14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL, 33414; Tel: 561-793-JUMP; Fax: 561-753-7727; Website: http://www.stadiumjumping.com
STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office- 1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406, Bradenton, FL, 34205; Tel: 941-744-5465; Fax: 941-744-0874; Website: http://www.stadiumjumping.com
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